Instant smartphone printers are a hit among the young crowd, and the new Fujifilm Instax Square Link smartphone printer kicks things up a notch by creating prints that are 1.5 times larger than the ones you’d get with the existing Instax Mini line-up.
Using the new Instax Square Link, you can make 3.39 x 2.83-inch prints compared to the 3.39 x 2.13-inch prints with the Instax Mini. The printer also boasts new features like augmented reality (AR) print and Instax Connect, both of which allow you to share images in new and creative ways. With the AR feature, you can add elements to the photo that can be viewed on a smartphone, including special effects, text, images, background colours, doodles, and animations. This appears via a QR code printed on the photo that unlocks the augmented reality content once scanned by the phone.
Like other Instax printers, meanwhile, the Instax Square Link also comes with the option to choose from a frame templates, decorative digital stickers, and print mode options using the Instax Square Link app. Choose Instax-Rich Mode for deep, enhanced colours or Instax-Natural Mode for more a classic look. The images can also be enhanced with artistic filters, adjusted brightness, contrast, and saturation. Combine up to nine smartphone images on a single Instax print via the collage feature of the app.
Using the new Instax Connect feature, you can share Instax images digitally by selecting an image on the phone, adding text and/or effects, and sending it to any connected device, like another smartphone or tablet. The recipient can add their own text and send back a response, directly on the image. Others who are also Square Link users can also print a copy of that photo, with or without the text included.
Bing Liem, President of the Imaging Division at Fujifilm North America, says the Instax Square Link “combines everything our users love about our Instax Mini Link and Instax Link Wide products.”
The printer is compact and lightweight. Finished with a striped texture, it can output a print in about 12 seconds, supports continuous printing, and can print about 100 images per charge via Bluetooth. All images fully develop in about 90 seconds.
The Fujifilm Instax Square comes in Ash White and Midnight Green and is expected to be available for purchase on or about November 16, 2022 for an MSRP of $180.